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One-Stage Urethroplasty for Strictures at a Rural Hospital

Winston Makanga1, Christian A Agbo2
1 St Mary’s Mission Hospital, Kenya
2 Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
Correspondence to: Dr. Winston Makanga, PO Box 1698, Embu, Kenya;
Introduction: St Mary’s Mission Hospital manages many inflammatory and traumatic urethral strictures. Previously, we treated strictures with dilatation, but high recurrence and poor patient satisfaction necessitated adoption of reconstructive procedures since 2017. Objective: To review the scope, outcome and complications of urethroplasties using data collected prospectively. Methods: All cases of one-stage urethroplasty were included. Patient biodata and pre-operative adverse factors were collected and analyzed. Results: 23 male patients ranging in age from 24 to 74 years were studied: 9 strictures were inflammatory (40%), 9 were traumatic (40%), 3 (20%) were recurrent. Nineteen strictures were in the bulbar urethra (83%), 2 were cases of penile strictures and 1 case each of pan-urethral stricture and pelvic floor urethral distraction defect. Of the 23 procedures, 13 were simple anastomosis (57%), 5 were dorsal buccal mucosa graft (BMG) urethroplasty (22%), 2 were cases of non-transecting anastomotic urethroplasty, and 1 case each of ventral BMG urethroplasty and Johansson’s and Kulkarni’s panurethroplasty. The overall complication rate was 40% (9 patients). Four patients (17%) had recurrence; 2 had fistula and 1 case each of persistent UTI, erectile dysfunction and periurethral abscess. Three of the four recurrences had undergone BMG urethroplasty. All cases of simple anastomosis had no recurrence. Conclusion: Our centre has embraced diverse urethroplasties for a wide scope of patients. This study found a significant complication rate for substitution urethroplasties, suggesting a need for careful patient selection and an improvement in technique.
Key words: Stricture, Urethroplasty, One-stage, Complications, Outcome
Ann Afr Surg. 2019; 16(1):16–19
Conflicts of Interest: None
Funding: None
© 2019 Author. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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